Epson have a great deal of experience in producing high quality photo printers and when it comes to print quality the Epson Stylus Photo 1500W doesn’t disappoint. However, I do get the feeling that this printer is not delivering anything new, it uses the same Claria dye based inks that have been around for a few years and Wifi is a feature found in many all in one or multifunction printers. In short the 1500W printer itself hasn’t got any real “WOW – must have that” features. The Epson printer interface is functional and has all the options that you are likely to need. However, having seen this same interface on other Epson models over the years I can’t help feeling that it’s starting to look dated and is in desperate need of an up to date facelift.
If you’re after a basic no-frills workhorse photo printer then the 1500W at £349 will fit the bill nicely. The 1500W doesn’t over excite me and yet it does produce good looking prints, what more can you ask from a printer, other than larger capacity ink cartridges and a straight paper path. As with any printer, you should ensure you are using premium photo paper together with a good profile, this will ensure great looking photos. If you want something heavier duty, then I suggest looking at some of the other Epson models, perhaps the R2880 or R3000 printers.
- Vibrant colours
- Easy to use
- CD/DVD label printing
- Small capacity ink cartridges
- Basic features
- No straight paper path
Buying advice: Recommended
The Epson Stylus Photo 1500W will be available from 1 March 2012 priced at £349.99.
Vincent Oliver – photo-i January 2012